Officials Identify Body Found in River

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

A man's body found in the river nearly two weeks ago has been identified as Shawn Riffle.

Wood County Sheriff Jeff Sandy says the department received the information Monday morning from the West Virginia Medical Examiner's office.

Officers found the body in the river near the Belpre shore just south of the Little Kanawha River September 12th.

Law enforcement officials said they didn't suspect foul play at the time of the incident.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Belpre on Sep 23, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Shawn's family. I only knew him in passing but he always had a smile on his face and he will certainly be missed.
  • by Anonymous Location: parkersburg on Sep 22, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    I Want to send my condolences to the family of shawn and my prayers are with you in this time of mourning. I worked with shawn he was a hard worker and always had a smile on his face. I was a bit teary eye'd when I found this out today at work. He will be missed he was a great person for the short time that I did know him.
  • by Danielle Location: marietta on Sep 21, 2009 at 09:19 PM
    prayers go out to the family and friends of this person. on another note..how could officials not suspect foul play when a body washes up on shore?
  • by sam on Sep 21, 2009 at 08:42 PM
    Shawn was in his 30's. He was raised in Belpre, I use to be friends with him. Great guy, very funny and caring. I will miss him.
  • by home girl Location: williamstown on Sep 21, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    i think there is alot more to shawn death! i think from what i have heard, i would think that there might be some foul play! friends dont leave friends on RXR bridge by themself and then go home with their girlfriend and not tell anyone where they left shawn!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    Well as you can all see and feel, It took two weeks to post the ID. A young lady my daughter goes to high school with found out that this was her uncle by the paeer saying Shawn Riffle was the missing person. That tells the world that is the person. To me that's not fair to the family. Shawn had ID with him shy not go by that contact familly and then tell the rest of us what the hell is going on in our towns. I can do nothing myself but rant and rave. I wish I had the means of helping people. They used to go about things different. As in the new paper and TV, they used to wait till the family was notified. Without giving us the thought it could be someone becuase they are missing. Find out first then tell your front page stoies. There hardly any compition here we'll read and listen to both the papers and the TV. Let the families find out from the police, not from the paper where you are not 100% positive who it is, not who it maybe.
  • by PARKERSBURG GIRL Location: PARKERSBURG on Sep 21, 2009 at 03:05 PM
    AH THIS IS SO SAD I PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHAT WAS THE STORY ON THIS MAN WAS THIS THE MAN THAT WAS OUT ON A BOAT WITH A COUPLE OTHERS AND CAME UP MISSING??
  • by L Location: Belpre on Sep 21, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    I wasn't aware any investigation had taken place. I was under the impression that a "witness"'s word was taken and not questioned. I'll go ahead and say it- had he been better off or prominent in the community there would be more than "a body found in the river". I mean, no one even knows HOW or WHY it happened, or WHO was with him WHEN it happened.
  • by Valley Girl Location: ohio on Sep 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    First off i wabt to say i am so so sorry to see another life lost,seems to be alot of that going on here latly I want to say may god with his family and friends.How old was Shawn?? Where was he from??
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